It’s spring and the swans are back on the ponds and have built a nest along the shallow marshy edge. Today, the Canada geese came and tried … and I think succeeded … in driving them out of their nest. I managed to catch some of the action.
The photo was taken using a very long zoom lens at nearly full extension so I couldn’t really see what was going on, but the camera could.
The geese first surrounded the nest, then the battle was on. The mother swan was outnumbered and by the time her mate arrived, it appeared too late to save the nest. In any case, Canada geese are notorious nest stealers and far more aggressive than swans.
My swans were out-gunned. Or maybe out-beaked.
No humans were involved. This is a battle that has gone on since the beginning of time, bird against bird.
I hope the swans regroup and build a new nest. I would miss them very much if they leave my pond.
- Goose claims nest at Missoula baseball stadium, leaving osprey homeless (missoulian.com)
- An encounter with Geese (kieraworld.wordpress.com)